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Is Chewing Gum Healthy?

Chewing Gum and Dental HealthChewing gum might be a habit that your mom told you not to take up because it could ruin your teeth, but recent studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum can be beneficial for your oral health, as long as the right gum is chosen. The best choices are those that contain the ADA seal of approval on them. This allows you to know that the gum is in fact sugarless and is healthier for your mouth as it has gone through an extensive approval process to gain the ADA approval.

The Benefits of Chewing Gum

The benefits are numerous when it comes to chewing gum including:
•  Chewing gum allows for more saliva production, which is your most natural defense against diseases in your mouth. As you produce more saliva, harmful bacteria is quickly washed away, limiting the amount of acids that the food particles in your mouth create, which is the cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
•  Chewing gum helps to increase the amount of calcium and phosphate that your mouth contains. The increase in these nutrients enables the enamel of your teeth to become stronger, allowing them to fight against decay, disease and even physical damage.
•  The right flavor gum can also help to hinder bad breath, especially after eating a meal that could cause an unpleasant odor.

Never substitute gum chewing for proper oral hygiene. You should still brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day and keep up your regular dental appointments. The gum chewing should be an addition to your habits, helping you to further your good oral hygiene.

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